We had been wandering around Pike market since 8 am and were ready to relax and have our first drink of the day at 11:30 AM. We stumbled onto Maximillians hidden down one of the alley ways at the market and at first thought it was closed (It was Saturday morning) and it looked pretty dead inside. We took a chance and were delighted when we walked through he darkened restaurant out onto the roof top patio into a gorgeous sunny day. The view as spectacular, the Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, West Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains all right there and with the fresh smell of the sea and the sun, it was a perfect combination. This restaurant is romantic, cosmopolitan and sophisticated all at the same time. Our waiter, Eric was friendly and very knowledgeable considering it was only his second week. We had just appetizers as we were eating our way through the day. I had the Les Huitres Fraiche Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell with Champagne Mignonette Half Dozen $10 - One Dozen $17...small dainty local oysters with a clear, crisp delicious champagne dipping sauce (I actually drank the last of it, it was so good!). Salade Maximilien Mixed greens dressed with our house vinaigrette $7...I live in the salad bowl of the world and this was fresh, cold and crunchy with just the right tartness in the vinaigrette. Hubby had the French onion soup Cup $6 - Bowl $8 , which had a rich flavorful broth and lots of melted cheese on the toasted bread on top. The french margarita was lovely as were the micro brews on tap. Eric even made me his special margarita to taste free of change. We got into a conversation with the local people at the next table and all in all had a delightful time. Total bill $47. We had just enough in an leisurely hour to hold us over to our next stop...The Pike Brewery!
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